12 m2 Sharpie

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12 m2 Sharpie
12m² Sharpie insigna.png
Class symbol
Sharpie 12m2.svg
Draft0.96 m (3 ft 2 in)
Hull weight230 kg (510 lb)
LOA5.99 m (19.7 ft)
Beam1.43 m (4 ft 8 in)
Mast length6.80 m (22.3 ft)
Upwind sail area12.7 m2 (137 sq ft)
RYA PN1026
Former Olympic class

The 12 m2 Sharpie was designed in 1931 by the Kröger Brothers in Warnemünde, Germany. The peak of the class was in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. To this day, the original design has been preserved, and the class is sailed competitively in the UK,[1] Holland,[2] Germany,[3] and Portugal.[4] The European Championships are rotated between these four countries every year.

The term 'Twelve Square Metre' evolves from the original sail area, though on modern sharpies due to modern sail designs has now reached to around sixteen square metres.

12 m2 Sharpie

Past Australian champions to have passed through the ranks include Sir James Hardy, John Cuneo, Rolly Tasker and John Bertrand. Rolly Tasker won Australia's first sailing medal at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne when he and John Scott won a silver medal in their 12 m2 Sharpie.

The 12 m2 Sharpie is one of the Vintage classes for the 2018 Vintage Yachting Games.

There are still a small number of original sharpies in Australia and Brasil, though they have not been sailed competitively on International level since the 1960s. In Australia, the original 'heavyweight' Sharpie has now evolved into the lightweight Australian Sharpie.

When racing in a mixed fleet, the 12 m2 Sharpie has a Portsmouth number of 1026.[5]



Games Gold Silver Bronze
1956 Melbourne
 New Zealand
Peter Mander
Jack Cropp
Rolly Tasker
John Scott
 Great Britain
Jasper Blackall
Terence Smith


  1. ^ "British Sharpie Owners Association". Retrieved 2012-05-17.
  2. ^ "Nederlandse 12M SHARPIE" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012-05-17.
  3. ^ "Deutsche Sharpie-Klassenvereinigung" (in German). Retrieved 2012-05-17.
  4. ^ "Sharpie Club (Portugal)" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2014-09-01.
  5. ^ "RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme 2007" (PDF). Royal Yachting Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 21 August 2012.